The Guild has had a busy late
Spring/early Summer season. As many of you realize, this issue of the newsletter
is a couple of weeks behind schedule. Because a major goal is to post the
newsletter online, it was agreed that a late newsletter was preferable
to waiting until the Sept/Oct issue for this online accessibility.
Please note that the Guild
now has a central mailing address for all correspondence: PO Box 5656,
Greensboro, NC 27435. All mail received will be directed to the appropriate
recipient. One of our members expressed concern that this PO Box was ultimately
inconvenient and a waste of money. However, Guild officers serve from 2
to 4 years. This PO Box maintains a permanent address for the Guild as
these officers change throughout the years. As a professional organization,
a permanent address presents a professional image to the local and national
pottery community. For members and nonmembers who are interested in our
Guild activities, one address for all correspondence facilitates ease of
Perhaps our most exciting news
is the Guild Website! If you have not already done so, please take time
to view the site: www.carolinaclayguild.com.
Please direct any Guild information or inquiries to the Guild email: email@example.com.
A local web designer, Melody Watson, developed and will continue to maintain
the site. The central email address for all Guild business eliminates any
confusion regarding who or where to send information or questions. Melody
will forward those emails not designated for the website to the appropriate
As many of you are aware and
have experienced, the email process of sending our bi-monthly newsletter
has had major glitches. Now, beginning with this issue, the newsletter
will be posted online. Obtaining the newsletter this way is quick and easy,
with the option of printing the newsletter text from the site. Those members,
who wish to continue receiving a hard copy via US mail, may continue to
do so. Please let us know via email: firstname.lastname@example.org,
or by phone: 336-275-1202, or by US mail: PO Box 5656, Greensboro, NC 27435
if you wish to continue receiving a hard copy of the newsletter via US
mail. Otherwise the board will assume that you will read the newsletter
Please contribute to your
Guild website. Melody is looking for several pieces of information from
Look for details on the
website or by contacting the Guild directly.
Any contact information you wish to
be listed in the web member directory
Visuals to place on the site, which
will be rotated periodically
Information regarding links you think
are good to include on the site
The Carolina Clay Guild continues
to grow and develop. What do you want from the Guild? Our potential is
infinite. Use your Guild for the education, camaraderie and information
that you need.
Happy potting! – Molly
Remaining 2003 Meetings:
Aug. 9 – program: Winston-Salem
accountant, Joe Stewart, will discuss going non-profit
Oct. 11 – program: Coy Quackenbush
will demonstrate his pottery techniques (Coy had to cancel the June 14
Dec. 13 – program: Charlie
Tefft will discuss glazing and glaze calculation
All meetings are held at David Cole’s
Studio, 4541 Peeples Rd., Oak Ridge, NC (336-668- 2192). Click
News & Announcements
Our condolences to Latonna & Gene
Arnold for the recent loss of Latonna’s Mother and Brother.
Anyone wishing to contribute to the
NC Pottery Center brick purchased in memory of Sara Mills may still do
The Guild is also accepting donations
for the Guild brick purchased at the Pottery Center.
David Cole for re-touching our Guild
Brandon Askew for donating his time
and skills creating our Guild banner to use at exhibitions and sales
Sonya Askew for courier services
Web committee: Judy Cannon, David Cole,
Susan O’Leary, and webmaster, Melody Watson
Marcy Maury for creating the Kathy Triplett
Gas Kiln materials, approximately
20-cubit ft., 4 burners (1 needs work), arch, metal frame, and most bricks
(both hard and soft). Call Anne Timberlake 336-623-8338 or 336- 349-3045.
Small House in Greensboro
(1374 sq. ft.) with backyard studio (400 sq. ft.) $110,000.00 FIRM.
Call Charlie Tefft, 336-286-2581.
George Hayes contributed this
Mossy Green (Satin Matte) cone 5-6
Lithium Carbonate 1%
Strontium Carbonate 20%
Neph. Syenite 60%
OM-4 Ball 10%
Copper Carbonate 5%
Titanium Dioxide 5%
Apply fairly thickly
Does not run
Great on light or white clay
Does ok on earthen red if applied thickly
|Judy Merrill’s muffin contribution
a smashing hit at the Kathy Triplett reception on Friday night, July 11,
2003. Here is the recipe to enjoy before or after glazing!
Pecan Pie Muffins
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup packed brown sugar
½ cup all purpose flour
2 large eggs
¼ cup butter, melted
1. Combine the pecans, sugar and
flour in a large bowl. Make a well in the center.
2. Put eggs in another bowl and
beat until foamy. Stir together eggs and melted butter.
3. Add to dry ingredients and mix
4. Spray muffin pan and fill 2/3
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to
6. Remove from pan immediately and
cool on wire rack.
Makes 9 muffins.
With the Arts
On May 1 and the first Thursday
of each subsequent month, 13 Greensboro-area galleries will open from 6-9
pm to build awareness of local art and to make visiting more convenient.
Participating Galleries: Three Points Gallery, The Marshall Gallery, Greensboro
Artists League, Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, Davis Design,
New Dawning Playhouse, TwoArtChicks, Eastern Standard Gallery, Weatherspoon
Art Museum, Feather Your Nest, 2Sisters Gallery, Living Tree Pottery, Tyler
White Art Gallery. Admission is free, fliers are available at participating
Galleries, and visitors may enjoy snacks, live music and meeting some local
July 17-August 10: Pottery Show
at the Marshall Gallery – Organized by Living
Tree Pottery, this show will feature a variety of works in clay by
Lisa Skeen, Billie Mitchell, Leanne Pizio, Charlie and Linda Riggs, Joanne
Andrews, and Mark Issenberg. Opening reception was Thursday July 17, 2003.
Marshall Gallery is located at 430 N. Eugene Street in Greensboro.
or phone 336-272-4700.
Clay Guild Sponsored Events
Clay Guild Holiday Pottery Show/Sale
Dates: December 4th, 5th,
609 South Elm St., Greensboro, N.C. 27406, (336)273-9885
Fees: Small participation
fee for gallery space and advertising (amount dependent on number of participants),
+ 15% of sales (10% to 2AC/5% to Guild)
Reserve your spot by October 1st:
email or call Rachel Reed: email@example.com
show will be highly advertised
food will be provided by the gallery
on Thurs. & Fri. evenings (1st Thurs. & Festival of Lights Weekend)
music will be provided by the gallery
on Fri. evening
tables available from the gallery (10
of them 6" and 5 others that are 4")
displays provided by Carolina Clay Guild
committee: George & Pat Hayes, Dottie Tally, Sally Hayes, Sonya Askew,
Space may be limited!
You may now contact the Guild
in any of the following ways, for any of the workshops listed below:
PO Box 5656, Greensboro, NC 27435, phone: 336-275-1202]
SUSAN FILLEY will present
a 2-day demonstration at Rockingham Community College on Saturday November
8 and Sunday November 9, 2003, 9:00AM – 5:00 PM each day.
Susan will demonstrate her various
forms using Coleman Porcelain. Cost is $75.00 for members and $100.00 for
nonmembers. Saturday lunch will be potluck, provided by participants (Guild
will supply drinks). Sunday lunch will be provided by the Guild.
NICK JOERLING will present
a 2-day demonstration of his work at Rockingham Community College on Saturday
March 13 and Sunday March 14, 2004, 9:00 AM – 5:00PM each day. Cost is
$75.00 for members and $100.00 for nonmembers.
UK ceramic artist, JOHN CALVER,
will return October 4 – 8, 2004, to Rockingham Community College for a
5-day hands-on workshop. Participants will throw various forms, glaze,
and fire during this week, with a kiln opening on the 10th or 11th. Cost
is $200.00 for members and $250.00 for nonmembers. High-fire clay for the
firing will be an additional cost. Lunches are not included. More information
will follow regarding this exciting week!
June 28-29, 2003
What a great workshop!
John Calver generously shared his vast knowledge of pottery – from wedging
to his labor-intensive glazing process. Nineteen people attended
the two-day workshop at Rockingham Community College. Thanks to Steve
Cannon we had a huge pile of sandwiches from the Lox, Stock and Bagel on
Saturday, and Sunday we tried something new: a field trip for lunch at
Thom-Tom’s Pizza – a nice break in the day to get out of the studio.
John is from northwest England
– the lake district – and his slide show included pictures of his home
and studio (a nice size building behind his house) covered with ivy and
flowers. It looked like a fairy tale home nestled in green rolling
hills. He went to college to become a Civil Engineer and while a
student took his first ceramics class – and fell in love with clay.
John finished his degree and worked for a couple of years in Engineering
while simultaneously building kilns and experimenting with clay.
Then he launched his life long career in the ceramics business (think his
parents were happy about it???).
John buys commercial clays –
for our workshop he asked us to get Cone 10 stoneware in white or off white
with a little grog in it. At home he buys premixed clay off the shelf
– sometimes smooth clay and sometimes with a little grog. Throwing
forms gracefully, John described in detail the mechanics of how he thought
through his forms and positioned his hands and fingers. He fires
in a reduction kiln that holds a huge amount of pottery – something like
35 cubic feet. The kiln is run four times a year. Between the
throwing and the firing were the most complicated set of manipulations
I have ever seen done! All of his many techniques of altering and
manipulating the clay he shared with us. And as he explained "I am
not worried about anyone copying my style and producing similar pieces
– anyone willing to labor through all these steps is welcome to it!"
John did a lot of work with iron
oxide slips. On several plates he brushed on the slip while the
piece was still wet and then rested a metal tool in the center of the piece
– pulling toward the edge (a bent piece of metal – like metal stripping)
and allowed it to bounce off the rotating clay and create a most wonderful
pattern of small geometric cuts in the clay – called "chattering".
He cut the rim into many elaborate designs – sometimes pulling the plate
into a ‘square-like’ finished shape and other times with curves and points.
He used stamps and fabric to impress designs – sometimes producing a very
subtle pattern on the finished piece. Slab pieces that had been texturized
were added to many pieces – for handles and feet. One of the most
impressive displays of pottery skills John did while talking about something
else… have you every seen a perfectly uniform four foot handle pulled by
hand? One of those things that made me shake my head and scratch….
My favorite: John threw
a plate and with the metal rib laid a circular pattern from the center
out – so that you could just see the edge of the cut in the wet clay.
Then he cut the piece off the wheel and skillfully threw the piece on a
flat surface to stretch it – changing it from round – to distinctly oblong
– but never touching the ‘edge’ created by the metal rib. He turned
the sides of the piece up, added a handle and some feet – to end up with
a delightful small serving tray. The amazing thing is that he uses
up to 4 (and his web site says "6" ) thin layers of glaze – which brings
out this pattern of circular cuts to be prominently featured in the finished
If you have not had the pleasure
of seeing John Calver’s exquisitely finished pieces – you have to get
a hold of the Ceramics Monthly, December 2000 (featured on the cover).
Or there is a wonderful web site (www.studiopottery.co.uk)
that hosts web pages for more than 130 potters in England (visit this site
to get an idea of what our Clay Guild would like to do to promote your
pottery!). When you go to this site – be sure to look up John Calver’s
work – but take the time to view a bunch of really talented potters (don’t
do this during work hours unless your boss is out of the office – it is
And perhaps the best part of
this two-day workshop is that we have talked John into coming back.
So put this in your 2004 calendar and "way too good to miss!". Five
days of hands on pottery with John Calver – October 2004. Be there
or be square!
Contributed by Marcy Maury
The Carolina Clay Guild was fortunate
to have Kathy Triplett, well known hand builder and the author of two
books on pottery, for a one-day demonstration workshop on Saturday, July
12th. The Preview party hosted by David Cole on Friday evening was
a lot of fun and gave everyone attending a chance to meet Kathy and see
some of her work. The preview and workshop, both held at David's
studio, were very well attended and everyone seemed to really enjoy Kathy.
She shared her expertise on tile making and gave information on hand building
in general and glazing techniques she has used over the years.
Kathy is a warm, somewhat
shy person with a wealth of information. Even though she is petite
& soft spoken, everyone listened in awe as she talked about her years
of experience in clay and gave instruction to those of us still learning
and eager to someday be as skilled a potter as she is.
The buzz was that everyone
loved her and her work! We all went home excited, with some new direction
on how to channel our creativity.
Dear Carolina Clay Guild,
Thanks so much for your fine hospitality
and for your organization in regards to my workshop. I enjoyed meeting
everyone. Could you send me a address list of the participants please?
Thanks so much.
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